Knitting an Illusion!

file_medium2It has been a while since I talked about knitting.  Don’t take that to mean I haven’t been knitting.  What do you think I do when I am sitting on the couch, Cedric sleeping on my lap, and the television is on?  I knit!  For the past three months I have been playing with Illusion Knitting.

Illusion knitting is a very simple technique for hiding images in the stripes of a scarf.  See, if you look at the item straight on, all you will see is stripes in alternating colors.  When you put the item at just the right angle, the image emerges and you see the illusion hiding in the stripes.

file_medium2-1Here is an example from the three I made.  It’s my Phoenix scarf.  It appears to be just yellow and orange stripes, but the way I combine the knitting and purling of stitches (the v’s and the bumps) allows me to hide the image of a phoenix.  This was inspired by Fawks from Harry Potter.  For those of you who don’t know Harry Potter yet… why not?  Also he is a phoenix for Professor… he is a phoenix and that’s all you need to know.  In this picture you can see how, close up, you can’t easily see the pattern.  It’s when you look farther away that the image of the bird with flaming wings can be seen.  I repeated the pattern twice.

It is easily my favorite of the three because of the way the patter implies movement.  It’s in the spread of the wings and the length of the tail feathers.

fileThere were two others: an owl and a cat.  Here you can see the owl (inspired by Hedwig).  This one is a simple repeat until you are tired of repeating type of pattern.  This was the same for the cat scarf.

All three are done, but I am not sure what to do with them.  Do you want one?  I am inclined to just send them to people who would appreciate and wear them.

Let me know in the comments.

Why did I knit all three of these?  Mostly because I wanted to get use to illusion knitting so I could design my own.  For me, nothing beats doing something to learn about it.  I learned what has to go into designing one of these.  As a result, I now have my own unicorn pattern to try.  It will be like the owl and cat, a simple repeat of about 80 rows.  If it works, I may try something more adventurous like a running unicorn.

I will share when I have something for you all to see!

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